Friday, April 10, 2015

Storms Are Coming, Just Hold Onto Him

Last night, we had some severe storms come through our area. Lightning was flashing every few seconds and the wind started blowing. There were tornado watches going out, as well as flash flood warnings. It was scary, to say the least. However, believe it or not, I love to watch them. I could probably be a storm chaser if I could be one hundred percent sure I would stay safe. Silly, I know, but I know that, eventually, they will cease and there will be calm.

Do you know that storms are actually important and are necessary? They help produce fresh water for the Earth. They also help the wind move air masses on the Earth's surface and create the rise and fall of temperature. Violent storms play a few crucial roles in the atmosphere. Storms redistribute heat, energy, and moisture, in response to these things "building up" in any one place. This helps maintain balance; not all the humidity stays in one place, nor does all the heat, but it tends to even out over time. This makes life more comfortable, and keeps the atmosphere more or less stable. Though storms are definitely less than stable, they actually ensure that 99% of the time, we live in a stable atmosphere. (Information retrieved from  Amazing that something so scary and, sometimes, life-threatening, can be important to our survival.  

Yes, you guessed it.  There is a spiritual lesson in all of this.  I'm sure you've heard it before, but our storms in life are absolutely necessary!  We can lose sight of the truly important things in our life and get our focus on things besides Jesus.  Everyday cares take more and more time away from prayer or reading the Word.  We get so busy with life that we truly are not living!  Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."  If we are not grounded in him, we are not truly living.  

Storms may come in the form of relationships torn apart, job loss, disease, or even death, but when we keep our focus on the Lord and realize that he has it all under control, we have peace.  Our storms draw us to a closer relationship with him by allowing us to keep our eyes on him and trusting him with our needs. They remove the cobwebs and dust that may have accumulated and let us see more clearly his plan for us.  It gives us a spiritual balance that we may have not had before by putting situations into perspective. When the storms cease, we feel the peace that only Jesus brings.  We see the world through different eyes.  We have a greater understanding of how great our God really is and that he truly does have everything under control.  

"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."  Mark 4:39

The next time a storm comes into your life, know that you have an anchor in Jesus. Hold on tight and know that he will bring you through it.

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